If you had told me several years back that I would have been able to rely on blogging income for both my wants and needs, I would have told you you were crazy. But that’s exactly what happened. As I write this, I still haven’t completely absorbed the fact that I was able to buy a $1867 motorbike just from my blogging income!
It was back in 2009 when I was just trying to find a way to earn extra online. I discovered blogging, and I figured out it was a right fit for me. I approached it with a “trial and error” mentality — if it turns out well, then great! But if it spirals down, then at least it didn’t take all that much investment.
No one taught me the ropes at the time, and I figured out how to build a blog on my own. Most of the cool tools bloggers nowadays use were still in their infancy in those days! But as time went by, everything fell into place. Fast forward years later, and blogging has become a permanent part of my life.
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It started with a desire
Why did I choose blogging, of all the ways to earn extra online? I admit the impetus came from a desire to earn something on the side. But I could have just as easily been a freelancer or a VA. Blogging was (and still is) a bad bet if you’re in for some fast cash. You need to build your online reputation up before the money starts rolling in.
And yet, I chose blogging because it speaks to me. It’s like a vocation of sorts, a perfect outlet through which I can share my skills and knowledge with other people.
A blog’s genesis
When I started my blog, I encountered more than my fair share of difficulties. Which host? Which service? Which software? Which theme, layout, format? There are many technicalities I had to trifle with, and lots of settings I had to tweak. It can be a really deep time sink. But if you’re looking to buy a motorbike from blogging income just like me, you have to be wise where you spend your time in these initial phases.
My top tip at this phase is to try and figure out what you really want before playing with all the buttons and levers. This is something that applies no matter what endeavor you’re starting, whether it’s a blog, or a business, or anything else.
There are endless options available on everything, but most of them are best left alone until when you really need them later. Remember, it’s going to be a stiff competition once you get your blog started. You would want time to be on your side, spent writing, editing, and publishing quality content instead of chasing after the snazziest aesthetics.
Writing is a passion, not a chore
Many blogger has started along the path, only to realize later that creating timely content that engages readers isn’t as simple as it sounded at first. This is the test of time that all bloggers must endure. I started blogging not just because I had something to say, but also because writing is definitely a passion! Otherwise being able to buy a motorbike from blogging income would have remained a mere pipe dream.
That doesn’t mean I didn’t have my rough patches, though. This is where I learned that for passion to be effective, it needs to be cemented in routine. It’s not enough that I loved writing, I should also create space and time for it as a regular part of my day.
For most of us, blogging is just something on the side, something that is confined to the little free time we have outside of work and life. If this is the case, our endeavors aren’t likely to take off. I’ve learned that it’s necessary for you to own your efforts completely. Don’t leave your efforts to the side — incorporate them into how you live, and into how you think. Blogging was not meant to be a compartmentalized effort, after all.
Sharing is caring (in more ways than one)
Nowadays, most bloggers live off likes and shares in social media. We know that this is the best and fastest way to get exposure. Back in the day, it wasn’t easy for me to get these shares at first. It took a little time before I mastered the writing style that was a fit for my audience, and the topics that they would find interesting.
For all intents and purposes, a blog is a business. It is an effort whose product is consumed by a market, in exchange for money. I could have as easily said “my business paid off so I was able to buy a motorbike” instead of “I managed to buy a motorbike from blogging income” and I wouldn’t be any less correct! But that takes the fun out of things.
And like any business, a blogger needs to understand his market completely. Then, you need to share what they want and what they need. You need to know who you’re writing to, how they think, and how they would react. This way, you can craft your outputs not just on how you think but also on how your audience would perceive it. And when you know that they would like what you’ve shared, those shares will come naturally!
Blogging really isn’t all that complicated, but there are many things you have to be aware of. In the end, it all boils down to purpose. How to start a blog or website is not really difficult especially when you have a step-by-step guide to follow. You can contact me if you need any help in starting your blog. I’ll be willing to help you.
Back in 2009, I wasn’t specifically looking to buy a motorbike from blogging income. My sole purpose was to establish a side stream of income. Through the years, that purpose has evolved, as my blogging practice has evolved as well. But now I’m looking at that bike as a benchmark for what I have and can still achieve. And if you follow through, you can do the same!
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